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Heading into the state meet, the queen of the sprints is Zariah Mason. She's the clear favorite in the 100 and the 200. She's run 12.56 in the 100, which is over a half-a-second faster than anyone in the state. If she's got competition, it'll come in the 200, where she's run 26.28.

A favorite in the 400 is Skyla Miller. She's run 1:00.53, which is a clear two-seconds ahead of the field. The 800 looks similar, with Benisa Ellis on top of the rankings. Ellis has run 2:24.56, which is nearly five seconds ahead of the pack. 

The name Emma Schaefer appears in the 800 with a PR of 2:29, which ranks her No. 3, though her strengths are in the longer distances. She's the No. 1 in the 1,600 and 3,200. She's run 5:34 in the 1,600, which is eight seconds ahead of her nearest competitor, and her 11:56 in the 3,200 is the lone time under 12 minutes. She's a clear 23-seconds ahead of the pack.

In the hurdles the name to remember is Faith Novess, and she pops up a few more times in other events. She's run 15.95 in the 100 hurdles, which is well over a second ahead of her nearest competitor. She's more likely to be pushed in the 300 hurdles, where she's run 47.30, about two-seconds ahead of anyone else. 

Novess also tops the charts in the high jump, where she stands tall at 5-5. Jerraldwan Rector has the second best mark at 5-2.

The long jump appears to be one of the more competitive events. Rector holds the top mark at 16-9.5. Avery Palmgren and Miller have PRs of 16-5. 

The triple jump is another event that looks highly competitive. Claire Carlson tops the rankings with a 33-6.5. Right on her heels Kayelynn Montague with a 33-6 PR. In total, nine girls have gone over 32 feet this season. 

In the pole vault Marina Flandrick is head and shoulders above the competition. Her 9-8 PR is well over a foot above her nearest competitor. 

In the throws one of the best throwers in all-classifications exists. Heather Graham enters the shot and discus as a clear favorite.

In the relays Springfield holds a dominating grip over the competition in four out of the five relay events. Springfield is No. 1 in the 4x1, 4x2, 4x4, and the Sprint Medley Relay. Simla could give them a run in the 4x1, while Heritage Christian could challenge in the 4x4. Plateau Valley breaks the hold in the 4x8, where they are No. 1.

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